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Sunday, 3 August 2014

This Week in Montreal: August 4 to 10

National Youth Orchestra at Notre-Dame Basilica

The Frontenac Cultural Centre and its series Les Lundis d’Edgar celebrate 25 years with a performance of the touring National Youth Orchestra under Emmanuel Villaume in a program of Mahler, Strauss and Neal Gripp. Edgar Fruitier provides introductions. In partnership with the Théâtre de Verdure (closed this summer due to renovations). Aug. 4. www.accesculture.com
 - Renée Banville

Montreal International Tango Festival (August 5-10)

The 12th annual festival, as usual, brings together musicians from Argentina and Quebec, and hosts 12 internationally acclaimed master dancers presenting over 50 workshops for fans of tango. There are six dance evenings with orchestra (milonga) and free outdoor concerts. www.fitm.ca
 - Hassan Laghcha

Metropolitan Orchestre at the Mount-Royal Chalet

As part of the Campbell Concerts, the Metropolitan Orchestra, led by the charismatic Yannick Nézet-Séguin presents an enchanted evening at the spectacular Mount-Royal Chalet. On the program: Beethoven and Wagner. August 7, 7 PM. www.concertscampbell.accesculture.com
 - Renée Banville

The McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA)


Seeking to promote the grand string quartet tradition, the MISQA presents eight concerts and ten masterclasses from August 10- to 23. Performances include the Keller String Quartet at the opening concert, and the Arcadia String Quartet at the closing one. Other participating string quartets include Calidore, Excelsa, Jubiliee, and Mucha (14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7 pm). Three young-and-upcoming quartets, Amber, Benten, and Penfield will arebe on stage August 16 and 23 at 2 pm. Nine professors emeritius have been invited to share their wisdom with the young ensembles. Concerts take place at Pollack Hall at 7 pm, save for the fledgling quartets, presented at 2 pm at Tanna Schulich Hall. www.misqa.com - Renée Banville

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